In Remembrance of Joseph "Yussell" Shaffer
Joseph "Yussell" ShafferScranton, PA November 16, 1925 ~ April 2, 2014 Date of Service: April 4, 2014
Joseph "Yussell" Shaffer, 88, of Scranton, died Wednesday at the VNA Hospice at Geisinger Community Medical Center. He and his wife, the former Joan Karas, celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on Oct. 23.
Born in Scranton, son of the late David and Gilda Shaffer, he was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and a Navy veteran of World War II. Before retirement, he was employed at Knarr Corp., Wilkes-Barre, as well as a purchasing agent for the State Correctional Institution at Farview in Waymart.
Along with Jay Archer, he was instrumental in the creation of the youth basketball program, a forerunner to the AAU program. He served for more than 40 years as a PIAA referee, beginning in 1942, and was member of the International Association of Approved Basketball Officials. He also served for many years as a high school baseball umpire. He coached teams at the YMHA, a forerunner of the JCC. A longtime member of the JCC, he enjoyed spending time with his friends and colleagues.
Also surviving are two sons, John and wife, Brenda; and Michael and wife, Kathy; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be Friday at noon in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Moshe Saks. Internment, Dalton Jewish cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service. Shiva will be observed Sunday at the family residence from 1 to 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Community Center, 601 Jefferson Ave., 18510; or the donor's favorite charity.